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Hey guys
I'm having the same issue as this person here.
http://www.geekstogo...ing-or-corrupt/

however after typing del boot.ini, it says that No matching files were found...
and now Im stuck

please help

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what happened up to that stage please
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Hey mate

No matching files were found...

I typed dir in the prompt to see if boot.ini is there, but it isnt

cheers
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When I asked what happened up to that stage I meant - when you boot from the CD
and you select the Repair using recovery console
does it then identify and ask which windows you would like to repair
You are then asked to select normally only one is offered - you may be asked to type the password this is usually blank as it is the system admin passowrd and then you are at the cmd prompt


Confirm please that you got that far and if so type
chkdsk /r
and then follow the prompts
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Yes I got up to that point where u type the password in (I didnt have a password so it didnt matter :P)
I'll give that a try
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Cheers post back please when you have done that and when you have, exit from the console and try a boot without the CD in please.
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it checked but it went up to 70% completed, then it dropped to 50% and then slowly went up, but it didnt go past 70%.
How strange?
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Please explain a little more, will you please remember that all I have to work with is what you tell me

it checked but it went up to 70% completed, then it dropped to 50% and then slowly went up, but it didnt go past 70%.


do you mean the stages of the chkdsk, as it is a five stage check and each stage will show the progress so that it start stage 1 and then when that completes it will commence stage 2 etc.

I presume that is what you mean - but do you then mean that it has stayed at 70% and not progressed and if so at what stage
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Hey Macboatmaster
after a few hours, it came up with this message

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RUN it again please see if finds and fixes errors on the second run

Then try a boot again to windows normally - take out the CD, otherwise it will boot back to that
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Hey there
it worked!
Tho the laptop is slower than normal during startup,
but thankyou so much anyways.
chhers
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I am pleased
However you must now immediately backup any important data to an external hard drive or to another computer via flash pen drive.
Whatever you have available

My guess is that the drive MAYBE failing and if I am correct it may go at anytime

When you have it backed up

Post back please and we will proceed
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ok finally had time to backup my files
wat do i do now?
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Well done

1. An image is a backup, but a backup is not necessarily an image
From backup you can restore your personal data, but you cannot restore programs for which you do not have the installation media, be that a CD/DVD or a purchased download, unless of course the install files are on the drive, as against only the actual program

2. Bearing that in mind, if that drive is faulty and it does fail, you will lose all except what of course you now have backed up

3. So the first question is - what is the make and full model of the computer if branded
Are you prepared to take the risk of having to start again with the XP installation, either from the CD or from a recovery partition of the hard drive, normally found on branded machines Dell etc where it returns the computer to factory condition.

If of course the hard drive fails and it is the ONE hard drive with a recovery partition that option has gone out of the window

4. Depending on what you now decide you can run a chkdsk on the drive from windows so that we can get the result

5. OR you can create an image of the drive on an external drive, so that you may if necessary copy that back to a new hard drive

6. If you decide to accept the risk and of course I DO NOT KNOW if the drive is failing or simply if it was file corruption froma forced shutdown etc then go
1. Start
2. My Computer
3. right click C drive, click properties, click tools
4. click error checking, click check now
5. Click so that BOTH boxes are checked
6. Click start
7. agree the message to run on restart and do so.

It is a five stage check do not interrupt it

Post back please and we will get the results of the check from event viewer

Edited by Macboatmaster, 27 September 2012 - 01:13 PM.

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hey mate
how do i do an image ofthe drive?
Ive got a Clevo notebook
but im goin to take the risk and hopefully get to the bottom of it.
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